This is my 100th post and I am dedicating this post to a certain Aida Rahim aka PB of Puchong, a new friend which I have never met. Read on and you will know why this post is dedicated to her.Of late I have been getting lazy and prefer to use more photographs not just to illustrate the blogbut also to tell the story. I guess it will be beneficial both ways as you the reader wont have to spend too much time reading and by glancing at the pictures, you can grasp the underlying story.
I have yet to know how to capture the image so I have to use the orthodox way of photographing the image. Will have to wait for Akmal to return and teach me the technique.
This is the view from across the Bulatan Jam Besar with Wisma Yakin and Wisma Gerakan flanking Jalan Gajah Mati.
The view from the other side of the roundabout.
The round about at the east end is much transformed now with the addition of a tall pillar with an open holy book on top of it. From the holy book, water cascades down forming a fountain. The new state government has penchants for such object while removing all the sculptures resembling animals.
Anyway Jalan Gajah Mati is significant in my life. It was the road where my office was once located sometimes from 1995 to 1996. For nearly 2 years the office was also my home because my family lives in Gua Musang and return home only for the weekends until we moved into our present home in Pasir Mas in mid 1996. So much memory of Jalan Gajah Mati.
Looking westward from the roundabout you can never miss Wisma Yakin on the left which used to house the MAS town office. When MAS was the sole carrier plying the KBR-KUL (Kota Bharu - Kuala Lumpur) route Wisma Yakin was a hive of activities as the building also housed many travel companies due to the approximate location to the carriers office.
Opposite it lies the old house of Mak Su Minah which seems to be still being occupied. I think the house was rented out to Restoran Kak Ros for her workers to live as I saw their vehicle coming out from the house.
This daun pisang is special in that it comes from a special banana variety known in Kelantan as pisang galo. Could it be pisang tenggala or bengala? Can anybody help me out on this? I am only a half baked agriculturist and no expert on bananas. This leaf is special in that it doesn't break easily when folded. So the gravy (if any) for kuih won't leak when placed in it. Abang Mat laments that even the price of the banana leaf has gone so high that it is not really worth the while to be in this business anymore. What more with the price of the gluttinous rice, santan and sugar which are the main ingredients used to make it.
The front of Kak Lah's house. The chairs are outside the house and that was where we chatted.
Kak Lah whom PB calls ummi which means ibu.
The pulut bakar she made. The hand phone is to give you a comparison of the size. The handphone is an old motorolla so it is quite big. There were four pieces earlier including two given to me by Kak Lah and I have finished eating a piece which was quite filling. I guess the only way to survive in this business is to reduce the size to half and sell it at RM1.00 a piece. The present size is too big to be used as a desert unless it is to be cut up into smaller pieces. That way the producer will make some profit and the consumer will not feel the price increase so much.
With that now you know why Aida Rahim uses the nick of PB as it stands for the words Pulut Bakar the food made by her famous late grand mother Mak Su Minah Pulut Bakar. Later I came to know that PB's father in law is Pak Su Li a former friend of mine when he was working for Kesedar.
Aida was the person who asked me to write this post about Jalan Gajah Mati which was then known as Lorong Gajah Mati and for that I am dedicating my 100th post to her.
Read how PB responded to this post and pictures of her late grandma, her mother and herself at her post number 375.